What Can You Do With a Biomathematics Degree?

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What can you do with a biomathematics degree? Join Pete as he calculates possible career opportunities for students pursuing a career in biomathematics in this new installment of, “What can I do with THAT degree?”

Mathematics, biology and computer science. Do you like all three of those fields? Can you not figure out which one you like best? Do you like to answer questions and meet challenges? Do you love data and manipulating different types of information into one interdisciplinary solution?

If you answered yes to any of those, then you’d most likely excel in a career in biomathematics, and you’re also in the right place! “What is biomathematics,” you ask? It’s an interdisciplinary science that integrates mathematics, biology and computer science. It involves manipulating data into one solution for problems in biology, with training in additional important fields, such as math. Students usually choose a focus within that degree, such as biology, math or computer science. So, let’s explore your career options after college! What can you do with a degree in biomathematics?

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If your focus is in math, you could become a computer programmer. Computer programmers write code to create software programs, and they turn program designs into instructions that a computer can follow. Usually, only a bachelor’s degree is required for an entry-level position, and the pay is good!

You could also become a mathematician; these people usually work in private science and are usually on teams with engineers, scientists and other professionals to work out solutions to real-world problems.

If you choose to focus your degree in biology, you could become a biochemist or biophysicist. Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and biological processes, such as cell development, growth and heredity. Another great career option for biomathematics majors is to be a biomedical engineer. Biomedical engineers apply engineering concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes. They often work in universities, hospitals, research facilities and medical institutions.

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And finally, if your focus is in computer science for your biomathematics degree, then you could possibly pursue a career in artificial intelligence. This basically means you get to build and work with robots! Artificial intelligence is the human-like intelligence exhibited in machines and software, and the term was coined by John McCarthy in 1955. McCarthy defines it as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines,” according to Wikipedia. Doesn’t that sound awesome?

With a degree in biomathematics, you could also become a web developer. These people specialize in the World Wide Web and HTTP applications, such as JavaScript, CSS and HTML. If you’ve ever been on a site and thought to yourself, “Wow, this site is really cool,” it’s probably because a web developer worked hard on that site’s appearance and function. You could help develop the next app or website that goes viral! The sky is the limit.

Well, there you have it! These are just some of the possible career opportunities for students considering a degree in biomathematics, and I didn’t even get to go through all of them. The joy of an interdisciplinary science degree such as biomathematics is you have so many options to choose from! And the job market will only increase as this field of study grows. Happy job hunting!

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Rebekah Duntz '16 is a communication major and Melbourne local who has practically grown up on campus. As an aspiring journalist, Rebekah has a passion for writing and reading, and she’s the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper on campus, the Crimson.

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